If you have just installed or upgraded your Local Exhaust Ventilation equipment, you may not have thought about how and when you need to have it tested, perhaps you've had it in place for a while and you're wondering whether you need to have it tested or when the test should be done.
What is LEV Testing?
Local Exhaust ventilation (LEV) testing is a mandatory test regulated by the HSE which is applied to any equipment that is used to remove dust or fumes from the working environment, the test comes under COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Law. This test is carried out regularly (at least once every 14 months and records must be kept for a minimum of 5 years) to ensure that equipment is still effectively removing hazardous particles from the air.
Commissioning and initial COSHH LEV testing should be applied to any new equipment, LEV testing should then be applied when there is a change to the equipment such as filter changes or substantial change to the location of the equipment. This ensures that your LEV equipment is always fit for purpose, and is keeping your operators safe from harmful dust, fumes or emissions.
Why do you need an LEV test?
LEV inspections are a bit like an MOT for a car, they are a mandatory test that highlights any inefficiencies in your equipment. The test result can have an impact on your business insurance, if your LEV fails the test you may find in some cases that your insurance is void and would not cover you for health cases relating to faulty or ineffective extraction, furthermore the LEV test is needed to comply with COSHH law and makes up part of a COSHH risk assessment.
Who can test LEV?
It is beneficial to have your LEV equipment tested by a qualified LEV test engineer, a good LEV tester will produce a comprehensive report on the operating efficiencies of the LEV, highlighting any failures or inefficiencies. At Nederman we are proud to offer a comprehensive LEV testing service, our reports will not only tell you where there are failures in a system but also what needs to be done to rectify these failures, our report also advises on the most effective operating ranges of your equipment allowing your operators to adjust LEV accordingly to maintain a safe working environment. We will happily test any local exhaust ventilation design or make, not just our own.
Our engineers are specifically trained to inspect and test all types of LEV systems irrespective of design or manufacture. Our engineers are based throughout the UK providing our customers with a large, reliable, and competent network. Our engineers are highly skilled and can carry out tests in your workplace with minimal disruption to your productivity.
All testing is carried out in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Health & Safety Executive’s Guidance HSG258.
If you would like to speak to us regarding L.E.V testing please do not hesitate to get in touch via the Contact Us page